If you are a regular reader here then you may have seen a few of my previous posts about my giving up smoking journey, I am not proud of having started smoking all those years ago and it is one of my major regrets in life BUT I am immensely proud of actually giving up and not turning back since that point back in 2013.
I don’t pat myself on the back often, it isn’t my nature but that does make me proud. It is something I not only wanted to do for the sake of my children but also for my own health and well-being too.
Giving up smoking for me was something I really wanted to do however I soon discovered that it wasn’t as easy as I had hoped it may be and failed on my first attempt, so when I tried again I armed myself with lots of advice from my doctor and went into it fully prepared. My personal advice to others is that you don’t have to go it alone, whether you want to try going cold turkey or maybe thinking about alternatives such as vaping or e liquids you’ll find lots of ADVICE HERE.
On that first try I found out that going cold turkey didn’t work for me but once I prepared myself properly then it worked and 5 months after stopping I was finally able to celebrate my 1st national No Smoking day.
What I did struggle with were the cravings which lasted a lot longer than I had envisaged and it took quite some time before I found myself actually retching at the smell of smoke.
They say it takes actually only takes a week for your sense of smell and taste to return to normal again once you quit smoking, I hadn’t noticed how much my senses had been impaired prior to giving up but if was certainly a welcomed added bonus to find I could fully taste my food again.
Other changes were more noticeable and to my health, I was able to start running on a treadmill in preparation for my epic journey together with Team Honk on part of the relay leg, it was tough, I was in pain but I am confident I wouldn’t have managed this as a smoker, of course the journey was made a lot harder and longer because of the fact we as a team managed to walk around at a great pace for 2 hours before realising we had come off course and were in fact heading in a huge circle. There may have been a few tears but we all managed to continue with a smile and being part of a team working together to raise money for such a wonderful cause certainly kept us going onwards.
I won’t lie and say it was easy, it certainly wasn’t and I suffered so many side effects from Depression and Anxiety, Insomnia, coughing and increased appetite and others around me will vouch for the fact I was rather unpleasant to be around for a while; snappy, grumpy and quite frankly I may have been a monster at times. Sorry all, but it was worth it.
Having a good support network around is key to quitting too, talk to them when you are feeling you may fail and find something else to do with your hands for a little while albeit a hobby, writing down your feelings or just something to hold as your hands are used to being busy through habit, you can do it if you really want to – I am proof of that.
*This is a collaborative post*